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    • 4 Jun 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (UTC-06:00)
    • Online

    Join our friends at the Japan-America Society of Dallas / Fort Worth for a special online event on June 4.

    [ONLINE EVENT] How Technology Companies in the U.S. and Japan are Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis

    THURSDAY, JUNE 4 | 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically altered lives around the globe. It has forced travel restrictions, many daily work to take place online, and communication to occur remotely through video platforms. This has created new opportunities to instantly interact with people thousands of miles away, however cultural and physical distinctions can also create new challenges. Access to a reliable internet connection, a society’s acceptance of remote work, and even the size of a home can all play a role in how employees and their families adjust to life during COVID-19.

    Companies in the information technology and telecommunications industries are at the heart of this dilemma – how to provide important services around the world, while also responding to rapidly-changing requirements, customers’ concerns, and unique country environments. In this webinar, we will discuss how Japanese and American firms are using their expertise to address current societal needs, how working from home and returning to work are different in Japan and the U.S., and how COVID-19 is impacting our immediate future.

    Date and Time

    Thursday, June 4, 2020 – 5:00 PM Dallas
    Thursday, June 4, 2020 – 3:00 PM Silicon Valley
    Friday, June 5, 2020 – 7:00 AM Tokyo





    Register Here


    Blair Bakr
    Vice President, Global Real Estate and Facilities, Security, Hitachi Vantara

    Mariko Misumi
    Channel Account Manager for Cisco MerakiCisco Systems GK

    Takamitsu Ono
    Director of Customer Support & Services in Japan, Synchronoss

    Tsuyoshi Ueshima
    Deputy Head of the Global Photonics Systems Business Unit, Fujitsu
    Senior Vice President of Development, Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc.

    Grant Ogata
    Principal, Domitech Products, LLC
    American First Vice President and President-elect, Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth


Regular Events


Kayoubikai (火曜日会)is our monthly outing to a local Japanese restaurant.  Held on the second Tuesday of every month, Kayoubikai is an opportunity to meet new friends with similar interests, practice Japanese, and stay connected with other JASA members. While membership is not mandatory to attend the event, we encourage registering for individual membership to support JASA  and stay involved with our events!

Annual Dinner

Each year, the Japan-America Society of Alabama hosts a special reception and fundraiser to allow our members and guests from all over Alabama to gather, network, and dine with a special program to celebrate the JASA community. Our special 30th Anniversary Celebration will be held on August 22, 2019! Following last year’s highly successful event, we are moving to a larger venue at The Club in Birmingham, AL. View more information about the event here. 

Cherry Blossom Festival

Each year, we celebrate with food, crafts, performances, and other activities at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens’ Japanese Garden to welcome the Spring. Join us in March 2018 for hanami (flower viewing) in Birmingham! Cherry Blossoms, or sakura (桜、さくら), only bloom for a few weeks each year.  In Japanese culture, sakura represent mortality and remind viewers of the beauty and transience of life. Thousands of people flock to parks in Japan to see the blossoms. Come see our Birmingham cherry trees while they are in bloom!

Our next Cherry Blossom Festival will be held at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens on March 16, 2018! We hope to see you there!

For pictures from previous years, please visit our photo gallery here. Do you have pictures you'd like to submit? Email them to executivedirector@jasaweb.org!


Tel: +1 (205) 703-0960

2081 Columbiana Rd #10

Vestavia Hills, AL 35216


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